Encapsulated Cinema Explores Captain America’s Storied Cinematic Past

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Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

All you really need to know about this decidedly strange sequel to the Central Broadcasting System’s wonky 1979 adaptation is contained within the photograph positioned above. That’s one crazy helmet, Cap. Director Ivan Nagy picks up where Rod Holcomb and company left off, though this isn’t necessarily a good thing. However, without having to painstakingly chronicle the origins of our peculiarly dressed hero, Nagy and his stable of writers were free to take the character in any direction they saw fit. Why they decided to have Captain America fight a devious little villain hellbent on accelerating the aging process is beyond me. Armed with his tiny shield and his smoky van/motorcycle launchpad, Cap sets out to save the world from wrinkles, incontinence, and those pesky AARP representatives. Gone again are most of the elements which made the comics so appealing, including our hero’s arch nemesis Red Skull. If you were fond of CBS’ previous installment in this ill-conceived and severely misguided series, “Death Too Soon” is the next logical step in your questionable journey. However, be prepared for plenty of lame fighting, a metric ton of wooden acting, and a plethora of shots featuring Reb Brown on his trusty motorcycle. It ain’t pretty and it ain’t easy to swallow in one sitting, but it’s definitely a must-see if you’re a fan of all things Captain America. Just try not to stare at his tiny little shield.

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Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • Anonymous

    wow oh wow

  • Lexavi80

    LMAO!!. Wow!. Kudos for that finding!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Man, and I thought my memory of the tv movies were bad (saw em on video) but looking at the pics just made them worse. The 90s one by Lbert Pyun was slightly better but not much. I remember actually seeing the teaser for it in theatres with the shield flying at the viewer. Thank you Joe Johnston for doing it right!